Concert preview: Dead is Dead does Nilsson Schmilsson

Justin McIntosh, Columbus Alive

Josh Quinn, owner of the Short North gift shop Tigertree, is an unabashed Harry Nilsson fanatic.

"He has a voice that can pierce you with one phrase and make you laugh in the next, but it never feels inauthentic," Quinn said of his favorite musical artist in an October 2014 interview. Quinn's feelings on the '70s singer-songwriter aren't unique these days.

As former Alive music scribe Chris DeVille observed in a Stereogum piece earlier this year, Nilsson and his contemporaries (such as Elton John, Randy Newman and Paul McCartney) are inspiring a lot of 2015's best music, from Father John Misty to Tobias Jesso, Jr.

On Friday, Quinn's band, Dead is Dead, will play the landmark 1971 album Nilsson Schmilsson in entirety. Expect a horn section, a bunch of local co-conspirators, and opening sets from Mary Lynn and Counterfeit Madison. Bring your own limes and coconuts.

Ace of Cups

8 p.m. Friday, April 3

2619 N. High St., Old North

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